Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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Rule One—Nothing is right, nothing is wrong.
Rule Two—Be careful.
Rule Three—Fight using your legs whenever possible, because they’re the strongest part of your body. Your arms are the weakest.
Rule Four—Hit to kill. The first blow should be the last, if at all possible.
Rule Five—The letters are the law.
Kit takes her role as London’s notorious “Perfect Killer” seriously. The letters and cash that come to her via a secret mailbox are not a game; choosing who to kill is not an impulse decision. Every letter she receives begins with “Dear Killer,” and every time Kit murders, she leaves a letter with the dead body. Her moral nihilism and thus her murders are a way of life—the only way of life she has ever known.
But when a letter appears in the mailbox that will have the power to topple Kit’s convictions as perfectly as she commits her murders, she must make a decision: follow the only rules she has ever known, or challenge Rule One, and go from there.
Katherine Ewell’s Dear Killer is a sinister psychological thriller that explores the thin line between good and evil, and the messiness of that inevitable moment when life contradicts everything you believe.
I really hate the be that girl who goes around hating every book she picks up. For the past few weeks, there have only been negative reactions to novels. Dear Killer was the same. I tried so hard to see light in it, but that’s pretty hard when it’s a pile of shit.
Let’s start with our main character, Kit. She’s the Perfect Killer. A killer who kills without a trace each time. A killer who leaves notes with the body. A killer who is 17 years old and is naive and more stupid than the dumbest person on Earth. Kit has no logic. I don’t get why she kills in the first place. I mean, we get told that her mother used to kill and so it went in the family but what was the purpose? Some ridiculous rule such as “Nothing is right, nothing is wrong.” Is not going to stop me from asking questions. It’s just made me wonder why in the seven seas I bothered with this book in the first place. Anyway. One example of Kit’s stupidity is when she goes up to a cop who is investigating the Perfect Killer case, and gives him undiscovered information.
“The Perfect Killer is based in Chelsea and is a student,” I said loudly.
Then she befriends him.
This girl is a genius. She’s trying to stay undercover yet just to show how smart and resourceful she is to a cop, she reveals information that will eventually bite back at her if she just does one slip up. And she does. Later, there’s a boy in her school that she hates. She punches him and threatens him in public. Spoiler alert: He dies a few days later.
There’s a lot of suspension of disbelief going off in Dear Killer. Firstly, the letters. The Perfect Killer has a mailbox where people can send her letters for requests to kill someone. The letter contains all the information of why the person want them dead and where the Perfect Killer can find them. The Perfect Killer receives a lot of mail each month, the letterbox is said to be overflowing a one point. So why the heck don’t the cops know about it? The Perfect Killer leaves the letters she gets sent with the person’s body. Can’t the cops just read the letter, find the person who wrote it and interrogate them into revealing the address of the letterbox? Then all the cops would need to do is write a fake letter, post it in the letterbox and trap the Perfect Killer? It’s that simple. Another example of my suspension disbelief is how the Perfect Killer kills. Probably due the the author’s writing, but I just felt like it was too simple. The Perfect Killer just strolls in, does a kick in the face and boom. dead. I know it’s possible, but each and every time? Hard to believe.
Furthermore, the character is always saying that she’s good at killing and she can kill. But for most of the murders she commits in this book, I swear I, a 14 year old teenager who spends all her time in her room watching TV shows, doing homework and reading and owning a book blog, could do the crappy, half-assed killing that Kit did.
(This gif sums up Kit’s lack of skill very well)
Due to all these criticisms, this was my expression the whole time:
And as a last complaint, the ending was anticlimatic. It just ended so randomly. Like if you’re going to end it, END IT RIGHT.
~Thank you Katherine Tegen for sending me this copy!~
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